“It just gets bigger and better with every year”.
The words used by one bystander to describe Longford town’s Halloween ‘Dead of Night’ Festival on Monday evening.
And judging by the huge crowds in attendance, which organisers believe may well have exceeded the 2,000 mark, that depiction couldn’t have been more apt as young and old tookto the streets of the county town to celebrate its sixth annual hosting.
From around 6pm, traffic both in and out of the town gradually drew to little more than a crawl as costumes of all colours and designs took over the county town, buoyed on by the sound of bagpipes and thundering drums.
As the parade steadily made its way inside Connolly Barracks at the foot of the town, those sounds were soon replaced by more ghoulish tunes, typified by the likes of Michael Jackson’s hit single ‘Thriller’.
None of the scary sounds deterred the huge stream of spectators who covered much of the barracks’ main entrance as festivities continued long into the evening.
Roll on ‘Dead of Night’ 2012.